Putin orders Russia military to launch missile in 'symmetrical' response to US test

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Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's military to prepare a "symmetrical response" after the US carried out a cruise missile test.


On Monday, US officials confirmed they had tested a non-nuclear cruise missile with a target more than 500 km away. It was the first such test since the US pulled out of a major Cold-War era arms control treaty.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 500-5500 km (310 and 3400 miles), was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1987. The pact reduced the ability of both countries to launch a nuclear strike at short notice.

Both sides blame each other for its demise. 

The US claims Moscow was in violation from the early 2010s with the development of the 9M729 cruise missile — a claim Russia denied. 

But it was only with the election of Donald Trump that it made concrete moves to exit the treaty.

Moscow on the other hand claimed the US was in violation by claiming ground launchers based in Europe were capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missiles. 

The Kremlin responded almost immediately to the news of US tests by claiming that they demonstrated that the Pentagon was never committed to the treaty.

“Such tests once again show that the Americans from the very beginning were working to undermine the INF Treaty,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. 

On Friday, Mr Putin said Russia could not stand idly by, and that US talk of deploying new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region "affects our core interests as it is close to Russia's borders", according to a transcript of his remarks on the Kremlin website.

He told military officials to "study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response".

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Putin orders Russia military to launch missile in 'symmetrical' response to US test

2019/08/1566558927.jpg
Read: 572     15:12     23 August 2019    

Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's military to prepare a "symmetrical response" after the US carried out a cruise missile test.


On Monday, US officials confirmed they had tested a non-nuclear cruise missile with a target more than 500 km away. It was the first such test since the US pulled out of a major Cold-War era arms control treaty.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 500-5500 km (310 and 3400 miles), was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1987. The pact reduced the ability of both countries to launch a nuclear strike at short notice.

Both sides blame each other for its demise. 

The US claims Moscow was in violation from the early 2010s with the development of the 9M729 cruise missile — a claim Russia denied. 

But it was only with the election of Donald Trump that it made concrete moves to exit the treaty.

Moscow on the other hand claimed the US was in violation by claiming ground launchers based in Europe were capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missiles. 

The Kremlin responded almost immediately to the news of US tests by claiming that they demonstrated that the Pentagon was never committed to the treaty.

“Such tests once again show that the Americans from the very beginning were working to undermine the INF Treaty,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. 

On Friday, Mr Putin said Russia could not stand idly by, and that US talk of deploying new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region "affects our core interests as it is close to Russia's borders", according to a transcript of his remarks on the Kremlin website.

He told military officials to "study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response".

The Independent



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